We have been busy bodies during our first week back after the half term.
In literacy we have been looking at poems and how they are structured. The children have been focusing on alliteration words and linking them to the animals of the Savannah. We took out time to construct sentences with 2-3 alliteration words and the children came up with some fun and engaging work. In later lessons we then looked at onomatopoeia words and began to relate them to the animals we were writing about. Again the children came up with some creative work and thought long and hard about what to write. Considering they had never done this topic before, they showed a good understanding and produced some very good writing.
In maths the children began working on arrays. They were shown how to organise objects into row and columns in order to count them easier. They also made their own arrays based on the number sentences they were given. During the third session we looked at real life arrays and the best ways to count them. This led into the final session where the children looked at multiplication for the very first time. This is a tricky concept for them and once again the children began to show a good understanding of what to and given themselves a good platform from which to build on.
During science the children had great fun going on a materials hunt. This involved moving around the class and playground looking at different items and what they were made of. After we had gathered our information we looked at how gold was collected from the ground and how glass is made in a furnace.
Finally, in our topic sessions we looked at two important people in modern times, Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai. These two influential people highlighted to the children the different struggles some have to go through in life. It also showed them that no matter what, if you believe in something then it is worth fighting for. The children took some positive messages from the sessions and were able to talk about what they thought and felt about them.